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alaska air space. they proceeded to fly into canadian air spas. unknown whether the u.s. scrambled my jets in response. let's bring in ryan brown to join us with the details. ryan, what are you learning? >> reporter: these russian bombers nuclear capable bombers flew 700 miles off -- 700 nautical miles off the coast of anchorage. they are a violation of what's called the air defense identi identification zone and the u.s. tends to respond to that and escort these planes out of the area. now, again, this is the fourth in as many days. previous to this, the last time they approached the u.s. was in 2015. so u.s. defense officials are seeing a major uptick. one defense official says there is no other way to look at this
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other than some kind of strategic messaging from moscow. the u.s. military does these types of flights around russia and other places. but four in as many days is definitely a notable uptick. >> thank you for the reporting. bring us more as you have it. we don't know at this time whether or not the u.s. air force scrambled any of their jets in response to this. let's talk about it. you hear about this. you hear about warships. talk to us about why this matters. >> it is unusual, four times in four days is a signal. there is some messaging going on here. how does president trump respond? to be fair, this is why people questioned this constant talk during the campaign of we could be friends with russia. then the chemical attack happens in syria and there is a russian role in covering it up.
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so this is a big challenge for his national security team and how will trump respond? will it be a muted response or an aggressive one? what does he say? does he tweet something or make a statement? >> you often hear from military officials this happens, right? this happens. that doesn't make it not dangerous and that doesn't mean it isn't of consequence. and into the point ryan was making, there is no other point to interpret this other than a strategic message with russia. what's the message. >> that they are pushing back militarily. it's not just this one incidence. it will be very interesting of what does mattis do. >> is this a deliberate in your face from moscow after the condemnations that the trump administration gave over syria? >> i think it is and i don't understand it because we are much more militarily powerful and no one wants a military
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conflict. but i don't quite know what they gain by doing this. it is not an accident. maybe for his domestic purposes it shows russia is strong and he's standing up to the americans, but i don't know where it gets him strategically. >> also an egyptian american, a charity worker who has been in prison in cairo for three years, released, who is home on u.s. soil. very grateful to the trump administration for negotiating this release. this comes after the meeting just a few weeks ago that the president had, president trump with the president of egypt where he calls him fantastic. he didn't address at all human rights abuses in the country. this follows the obama administration not allowing him at the white house. a different policy. the president was criticized by many for that. but now look at this result that the previous administration was not able to achieve. >> it is a success for the trump administration. she was helping children and she
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was accused and held in jail for three years. what this shows is a problem with the government. there's a new video circling showing killing where they executed them. so is the trump administration pushing him to improve his management of his own country and stop the repression? >> on the one hand the trump administration has given more respect to their government than the obama administration did. on the other hand, he did get her freed, which is something the obamas could not do. >> true, but it is a gift. it is a gift from him to trump. it is one american being released. will egypt, which is not doing well in the sinai. isis is growing in the sinai. it is the long-term question. >> so worked in the obama administration in the state department said this morning quoted in the washington post saying this could have a negative effect long-term.
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not obviously for this family, but for the american people to have this aid worker back, but this could reinforce his crack down at home, do you buy that assessment? >> let's be fair to trump. maybe this is the beginning of a relationship that the two governments can work together now. but they can't just drop it. they can't say, great, we got this one worker home. >> there is an american home this morning who was imprisoned for years now and that in and of itself is a good thing. thank you for being with us. a lot going on this morning. it is the president's 92nd day in office. who is counting? he is. he wrote no matter how much i accomplish, and it has been a lot, including supreme court, media will kill. now, he is right. 100 days is a ridiculous standard, totally arbitrary, senseless. 90 on the other hand, 90.
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>> no administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days. >> facts to back that up. the biggest number staring a president in the face this morning, though, is 216 because this morning the white house is applying new pressure on the house to find the 216-odd votes to get a repeal and replace of obamacare through. the president says he has a deal that is getting better and better and really, really good. those are his words. but do republicans in congress see it that way? joe johnson is in the white house for us. >> reporter: poppy, this is very much a work in progress right now. our sources on capitol hill tell us that the latest proposal that has been floated could bring in as many as 18 to 20 conservative votes that weren't there last time around. but they still have to go
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through the process of putting out legislative language. we're told that could happen today. it could happen tomorrow. also there must be a conference call tomorrow. a lot more house republicans to do. apparently one of the big things causing heart burn is the question of getting rid of the provisions in the affordable care act relating to pre-existing conditions. that apparently causes a big problem, especially for moderates. meanwhile, there is another concern that's about passing some type of a spending bill that would keep the government running past april 28th. the current spending bill exspires on midnight of the 28th. the president of the united states, the congress have to do something or else there could be a partial government shut down. the president was asked to try to prioritize the big issues that are up in the air right now. listen to what he had to say. >> okay. i want to get both.
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are you shocked to hear that? we're doing very well on health care. we'll see what happens. but this is a great bill. this is a great plan, and this will be great health care. it's evolving. you know, there was never a give up as far as keeping the government open. i think we want to keep the government open. don't you agree? yeah, so i think we'll get both. >> the white house wants money for the president's border wall included in any such spending bill. democrats say that is a nonstarter. and as far as the health care proposal goes, nancy pelosi, the minority leader has called it a moral monstrosity. listen to her. >> now they say they're going to jam another health care bill next week. let me just say there's in a lose lose lose situation. you can put lipstick on a sow and call her monique and she's
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still a pig. that's what this bill is. it's a terrible bill. >> so there is a lot to do, a short time to do it and the president's 100 days run out just about the time there could be a government shut down if there is not a spending bill passed. back to you. >> all right. joe johns at the white house. the question is is this new push for health care overall, is it for real? what are republicans on capitol hill say about it right now? m.j., you have been working your sources. real or not real? >> i'm tempted to call this health care 2.0, except we don't know exactly what is in this bill. here's what we know. we know the leaders of the tuesday group and house freedom caucus said this is the members of the conservative wing and moderate wing of the house. they are trying to get to a deal that could bring on board some of the previous no members into the question category. we also know the white house badly wants to get some sort of
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action on health care, especially before the president reaches his 100 day work. but the reality right now is there is a legislative text and nothing has been communicated as far as we know to the broader conference. >> and what could be so different this time around? how are you going to get things dramatically different that isn't going to, you know, alienate one side or the other? that was the problem. if you are going to take away more to please the freedom caucus, you will get more tuesday group members who aren't going to sign it. >> we spoke to a member of the freedom caucus earlier today and he was expressing a lot of confidence that if this deal gets through, then most of the freedom caucus could be a question. let's actually listen. >> we have that language is is not that hard to come up with. so those are two of the big pieces, a couple little pieces on the regulatory frame work and then i think we can all get to yes. that's what the goal is.
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president trump was very good in the negotiating process. he said yes. we said yes to him. and then somehow something in the swamp said no. so we waited another couple weeks. vice president pence came over and met with all of us. he had a great compromise. that's what we're looking on right now, the text of what he said. if that goes into play, we're all a yes. >> so that is one congressman who is sounding confidence. but i can tell you according to the folks we have been speaking to in the last 48 hours or so, there is a lot of skepticism. the calendar is complicated because they have to deal with the government funding issue and then this philosophical divide you were talking about. they are going to have to win over a lot of skeptics. >> you have a question of will be cbo score it. then you have the question of scheduling a vote. it is really hard to figure out the math. hard to do. >> what he just said, opt out of some of the little pieces.
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these are little pieces. if they are talking about the community rating, what that would do is mean that insurance companies no longer have to insure all of us equally. if i have a pre-existing condition i have to pay a whole lot more for my insurance, which essentially means for some folks they can't afford it. >> they have been away on recess. they have been holding town halls where constituents have said we know what is in this bill and we feel that protections for people with pre-existing conditions might go away. so people are paying attention to the details and a lot of members are going to come back having heard those concerns from their constituents. >> thank you. >> nice to have you here. we have a lot coming up this hour. we're talking to a member of that more moderate member of republicans, that tuesday group. does he think the obamacare repeal can actually be revived and get through. also the deadly attack in paris
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today, not the tuesday group. and, yes, i have spoken with folks in the white house, folks in our house leadership and my colleagues about how do we make health care delivery system in this country better. yes, i have done this over the break with my of my constituents. but the bottom line is we have to do something to address the 60 million people in this country who don't have insurance or can't afford the coverage they have. >> what's the secret sauce, congressman? the text isn't out yet. maybe you could tell us. >> i wish i knew what was in this so-called deal. i think we're still negotiating and talking about what plan is going to work to guess the votes to pass the house. the democrats have decided they don't want to do anything. as a matter of fact, what they're telling 20% of our population is that their status quo situation where they can't afford to use coverage or don't have coverage is okay. and that's wrong.
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>> what they're also saying is according to the cbos marking of the last bill, you know, more folks will remain insured under the current plan than under the last plan you guys put forward. however, do you see the urgency that the white house needs to seemingly get this done at least through the house by the 100-day mark. if you have been engaged activity will these conversations over the break and you don't know what the text is, why the rush? >> well, the rush isn't -- there is not necessarily a rush, but the bottom line is we ought to be able to come up with solutions that are going to work. we have the base text of the bill. it is working to make that better. and that's the same process we use when we legislate any bill. and that's something that we have been able to accomplish as a majority in writing the initial bill. but we ran into problems and we know we've got to make it better, and that's what we're doing, trying to work together as a team to make it better and i would hope that the democrats want to work with us to address
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many problems that even former president bill clinton put forth a few short months ago in regards to the affordable care hkt. >> you are seeming skeptical here. is there really a deal? is there anything tangible here, or is this just a lot of hope? >> well, there is always a lot of hope and there is always a lot of discussions, but a deal is when we actually pass the bill. >> a deal is when you put something on paper. i'm curious if you have agreed on compromises yet or if that's still in the future. >> there is a lot of things we talked about even before we left for the easter work period to get more from our constituents. a lot of those discussions have
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been ongoing. so when we see different proposals come out and we talk to each other about other ideas, those are the things we're going to put together in this and our effort to bring this to a very fruitful solution. hopefully in the next week. >> all right. so you've been home talking to your constituents. are the folks in illinois, you know, the taxpayers that pay your salaries willing to live with a deal where states have the option to opt out of this community rating, meaning folks with pre-existing conditions could be charged more? are they willing to live with that? can you live with that if that is in this new draft? >> that's a complete misconst e misconstruing of the discussion we have been having and what's been reported. >> but congressman, it's not. those are the facts. >> no, it is. >> you allowed states to opt out of this, then in turn companies can indeed charge folks with pre-existing conditions more. i'm not saying they will. i'm saying that can happen.
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>> see, what we're not discussing is under the current plan states have options to go for waivers for many provisions under the affordable care act. what we're saying with this last reported issue that we have addressed is there still would be a requirement on ehbs and essential health benefits. i am not going to be for a plan that's going to allow for pre-existing conditions to not be covered. waivers can be requested, but that doesn't mean they're going to be. and they are very limited in this discussion. and if that becomes the discussion point, the key thing we lose sight over the fact that we are talking about covering pre-existing conditions. our plan covers those who want to remain on their parents insurance until age 26. our plan does not discriminate against those who have had a disease they didn't ask for like my wife had 18 years ago and implementing taxes.
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we stopped that. these are the things that didn't work in the previous health care delivery system before the affordable care act. now we're fixing them, too. >> okay. we'll have to see what's in the bill before we could decide whether it's covered or not. can i ask you one other thing? you've got until next saturday to pass a spending bill or else the government could shut down. funding for the border wall is included in this bill. are you willing to shut down the government perhaps to get border funding in? >> i'm not privy to any of those discussions. i would say i don't see an appetite to have a government shut down. i was part of congress during the last government shut down. it was very frustrating to somebody like me to went to washington to govern. i would hope that the democrats would want to come to the table and help us avoid this shut down rather than doing what they're doing on the health care debate, which is sitting on their hands and it is adversely affecting 60
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million people in our country right now. >> for the border wall, if that's a sticking point, you don't think it's worth having in there if it means they are inching closer to having a shut down. >> i don't think there is any appetite for a shut down. we will see what proposals are out there and they will be able to debate those and see where they go. >> thanks so much for being with us. really appreciate it, sir. >> thank you. >> all right. now, you heard it here earlier, the president slammed the first 100-day standard. he called it ridiculous. but just days ago he was tauting his own success. is this the great 100 day flip-flop? stay with us.
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this morning we're inching closer to the 100-day mark of
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the trump presidency. two big goals for this administration comes through with wins on health care and of course funding the government and of course tax reform. >> joining us now cnn politics reporter and editor at large and cnn editor of the daily beast and cnn political commentator. let me give you another dramatic reading of the tweet from donald trump on the issue of the first 100 days. he said no matter how much i accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days and it has been a lot, including the supreme court, media will kill. now i'm old enough to remember during the transitioning campaign where donald trump had the contract with the american voter for the first 100 days, the 100-day action plan. i'm old enough to remember what was it, tuesday, how much he accomplished in 90 days. so he didn't invent the 100-day standard. but he certainly embraced it now
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and now's calling it ridiculous. >> and media didn't invent the 100-day standard either. fdr did. he wanted to rebuild opttism and momentum in the country. look, type in gettysburg speech donald trump into the internet. you will find a speech in october in which donald trump said that the election coming up the following month is a referendum on whether people want his hundred day action plan to be put into place or not. i mean, and it's not only that. look, donald trump has been focussed on talking about the importance of 100 days for all 91 of the days before today that he's been president of the united states. the reason why it doesn't matter now and it's ridiculous is because he's up against it. there are eight days left. for all the happy talk on a new health care deal, i think that's
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very hard to do. i think demanding $1.4 billion for funding the wall to make the government stay open is going to make it harder to keep the government open. tax reform obviously not going to happen in the next eight days. aside from kneel gorsuch and he deserves credit for that, there are not a lot of accomplishments in those first 100 days and that's why donald trump is now saying they don't matter. >> and he's up against -- if you're going to compare it, he is blaming the media. but it is fdr and we have not seen new deal accomplishments yet for this president. do you think this is an indication that he doesn't think that health care is going to get done? the white house is sending all these signals to say this is great. but now he's saying don't hold me to the 100 days. >> reality is going to set in. donald trump has a history of making all kinds of promises and then as the deadline approaches you start to realize that he saw
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that as a negotiation and not as a promise and that all of the terms of the promise are now going to be renegotiated or down played or shaded or nuanced. keep in mind, the fdr 100 days was a national emergency by any description. there was such a need for urgency, he swore in his entire cabinet at once. he really got to work. he got 13 major pieces of legislation passed because the country was with him. that was what he ran out. donald trump didn't have to hype this up. he didn't have to say he was going to do these things within 100 days. he could put in some constitutional modesty into the whole bargain and say i'm going to talk to congress and try to get things done, which is actually how it works, but now we're discovering what was a promise was actually just the start of a bargaining process. >> he said he's moving the finish line. that's pretty much all there is to it. on the health care push and whether or not there is a new
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breakthrough here, you stated this reminds you of weekend at bernies. please explain why. >> well, just because you put sunglasses on it and a hawaiin shirt doesn't make it alive. i haven't seen anything that would make me think this bill is alive other than the talk from the white house. and maybe, yeah, maybe they are talking in congress. maybe the tuesday group and mark meadows group are getting together. that said, as we saw this last time, once the details are in legislative form, it becomes a whole different ball game. leadership hasn't talked to members to figure out who is going to vote for it. and the fact they are trying to include this. when you talk about the government shut down, congress really, this congress in particular can really do only one big thing at a time. and funding the government looks like it is going to be a much mre complicated process than leadership even thought with the new push to have this border
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funding money in there. democrats and the senators saying that's a nonstarter. they were saying that in march. so this is getting more complicated, not less. and that's going to make for a heck of a week next week. >> and not just democrats. we had a republican from the tuesday group on who basically said in so many words, well, don't shut the government down. am i dreaming or are we talking about shutting down the government over a wall that mexico was going to pay for? >> right. so i mean during the -- you're not dreaming, poppy. okay, yeah. let's get that out of the way. i want to address your direct question. during the campaign donald trump would always say we're going to build a wall and who is going to pay for it and of course the crowd would say mexico and anyone who knows how government works and countries work knows that we can't make mexico, a foreign government that has its
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own president, we can't make them pay for walls. so the theory was donald trump is going to do this. he's going to have to get the funding from congress. look, i continue to return to this idea of think back three offer four years ago when republicans, including tea party republicans, were wanting pay fors, wanting pays to pay for, even allocating money for disaster relief, right? there is a hurricane. there is a flood. the federal government steps in and there were some saying we can't just give out money. where is this money coming from? the idea we're going to take $1.4 billion to a wall that trust us, wink, wink, donald trump will get mexico to pay for shows you and i think it is important to note this how far donald trump has moved the republican party from the orthodoxsy it was governed by. >> if i could add, one of those
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republicans was nick mull vany, who is the current budget director. that individual and he knows how this works and yet he's still pushing for this. >> things change. times change and jobs change i think is the answer to that. you know, one poll here that we found interesting on the subject of health care. only 36% of american voters say republicans in congress should now try again to repeal and replace obamacare. 60% say the republicans should move on. poppy knows the number among republicans who want to try again is 77. overall it doesn't look like a poll winner. so why risk it? why spend this capital now? >> yeah. this is beltway logic and it is really add odds with american citizen logic. the reality is what they can't seem to grasp down there is that the uncertainty itself is a problem for american families. they are trying to budget when to get braces for their kids, how much to put into the health saving account, how to budget really important things that matter to them deeply. and to hear them just sort of
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kick it around like a political football where a member of congress doesn't know what's coming down the pipe, oh, we're going to chat about it this weekend, we're going to try to make an arbitrary deadline to make the president look good. >> i was speaking to a friend this week whose significant other doesn't have health insurance because obamacare was too expensive and is facing over $100,000 in medical bills. >> if they would simply stop playing with it, those poll numbers would turn around. good, bad or indifferent. >> save it for next time. there will be a next time, maybe even soon. great to have you. put a pin in it, which is one more thing you could say than put it in your pocket. >> later this morning we are going to hear from two members of president trump's cabinet. jeff sessions and homeland security john kelly will speak one-on-one right here at 11:00 a.m. eastern. >> new developments in the
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we're learning more about the man who opened fire on police in parties. a source telling cnn he was recently being investigated by counterterrorism authorities because of other threats he made. >> isis is claiming responsible for this attack that left one officer dead, two others critically injured. isis says the gunman was one of its fighter and the shooting becomes days before the french presidential election. it has been very close there and this is already affecting that election. joining us now live from paris with more. fir first, new details on the investigation. >> reporter: yes. authorities have released the name. this is the man they say opened fire on police officers killing
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one who was gunned down himself by police officers here not far from where we're standing right now. what we know about the attack is it is pretty typical of the profiles of the previous sort of terrorist attacks in the past. the perpetrators criminal background. it was, he was convicted and jailed for trying to kill police officers long before isis was a terrorist group in 2001. you mentioned at isis they took responsibility. that's a bit of a head scratcher because they mentioned a name in their claim, but this is not the name of the person that authorities here say committed this attack. either there is one else at large or they got the name wrong, but this is a detail that needs to be cleared up. >> in terms of how it affects the election, you have the far right candidate coming out and saying, you know, in the wake of this, that anyone that's even on the watch list should be removed
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from france immediately. their nationality taken away. what she's taking islam mosques must be closed. what will the impact be this weekend? >> it's anyone's guess. no one is leading in the polls because everyone is within the margin of error. it's truly anyone's guess on who will come out on top on sunday. the far right candidate, the one perhaps most likely to benefit from this attack in terms of how she could exploit it politically. this is what she had to say a few hours ago, the day after this attack. listen. >> islam's ideology must not have the right to remain in france. the organizations like the branches of the muslim brother hood must be banned. i demand an investigation be opened, the objective dissolving associated and cultural organizations that promote or finance fundamentalist ideologies. the hate preachers must be
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expelled. the islam mosques must be closed. >> islamic mosques, not mosques obviously. this could be completely unworkable. but islamic mosques where radicalization takes place. she is suggesting closing those. other candidates are saying the person who is also doing well in the rolls saying that police officers should be deployed. the right candidate is saying we should work with russia in order to combat russia in syria. there is a hole of possible suggests and proposals by the candidates. but what is for sure is sunday is the first round of an election that will have an impact in all of europe because some of the candidates are suggesting that france should exit the eu for instance. so it is a crucial political event. >> the world watching this election as you say. just a few point separates four
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major candidates. >> this morning the justice department is preparing charges against the wikileaks founder. >> authorities believe they have found what they think is hard enough evidence that he helped, actually helped edward stone disclose those classified documents. a major priority. >> we are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks. this is a matter that's gone beyond anything i'm aware of. we have professionals in the security business of the united states for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious. so, yes, it is a priority. we've already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail. >> crime and justice producer
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with us for more. it is interesting because his predecessors believed there just wasn't enough there because other newspapers had published the documents that perhaps he had some sort of first amendment protection. why are things looking different now. >> well, for one thing, as you know, this probe has been going on since 2010 when he gained attention for obtaining the thousands of documents from former u.s. military analyst known as chelsea manning. we're told by u.s. officials that since then, since 2010, that the fbi and career prosecutor at the justice department have wanted to bring charges but were ultimately stopped out of concern that asang and wikileaks was protected by the first amendment. the effort to bring charges was discussed after investigators
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found evidence to suggest that wikileaks played a role in the disclosure of the other thousands of documents by edward snowden. they believe it helped him escape the u.s. where he wound up in russia, probably. >> thanks on this development. police found him in what her family is saying this morning. that's next. stuffy nose? can't sleep? take that. a breathe right nasal strip instantly opens your nose up to 38% more than allergy medicine alone. shut your mouth and say goodnight, mouthbreathers. breathe right.
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a tennessee teacher who became the subject of a nationwide manhunt after police say that he kidnapped a female student, well, he's going to face a judge today. >> 50-year-old ted cummins and a 15-year-old student were found in a remote cabin deep in the mountains of northern california. neighbors who recognized cummins called police and helped hatch a plan to try to lure him outside. that is where he was arrested. now, cummins later told police, "i'm glad this is over." cnn's diana gallagher is following this story for us live from columbia, tennessee. diane, what are you learning? >> reporter: you know, john, poppy, there were more than 1,500 tips that came in through that month and a week that the 15-year-old girl and this teacher here, tad cummins, had been missing, but it was just one eagle-eyed grounds keeper who happened to notice something just didn't seem right at that cabin in california between the man and the woman, who he claimed was his 22-year-old new bride.
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it turns out, of course, that he was correct. and some smart thinking between he and the property owner. they contacted authorities. they sort of developed this plan to where they had the sheriff surround that cabin as to not tip off cummins at all that they had spotted him. they matched the v.i.n. number on the vehicle because the license plate had been removed. then he sort of pulled him out of the house by asking him to help build a rock wall outside. once cummins came out, they say he gave them self up to authorities. he did not protes whatsoever. but it has been a bit more of a rocky ride for that 15-year-old. her father spoke this morning about just the difficulties that do lie ahead for her. >> do you think she was brainwashed? >> yes. there's going to be some shathey involved. it's going to take some time. because we love her so much, you know, we're going to be patient with her and we've got to be --
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we've just got to get her the help she needs. >> reporter: and so, cummins will actually be arraigned this afternoon, about 1:00 eastern time. they're going to attempt to extradite him back here to tennessee at that point. as far as this 15-year-old victim goes, she'll be brought back on a plane with the tennessee bureau of investigators and will spend, we're told by the family attorney, the next few days in solution with her family, trying to sort of just heal with them. she has a long road ahead of her, as her father mentioned there. they've got to determine what she's going to do about school, when she can get reintegrated into the community and just to sort of help her get back with her family. poppy? >> of course, dianne gallagher, thank you so much for that reporting. good that she's back with her family now. all right, president trump predicting two big wins? repealing obamacare and tax reform. but when? but there's so much more to it.
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-- captions by vitac -- good morning, we are following breaking news this morning. for the fourth time in four days, russian aircraft bombers are flying in alaskan air space. the bombers entered the alaskan air defense zone about 700 nautical miles southwest of anchorage. they proceeded then to fly into canadian air defense space. >> all right, it is not known at this time whether the u.s. air force dispatched any aircraft in response to this. let's go to the pentagon and bring in cnn's ryan brown with the details here. ryan, what are you learning? >> reporter: well, john, we're learning that these russian aircraft did, indeed, enter the u.s. air defense identification zone. again, this in itself is not unusual. the u.s. military performs these kinds of operations as well. but what military officials are taking note of is that this is the fourth time in


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